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Monday, January 02, 2006

And Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Use Your PC

I'm thinking this is a really bad thing...

The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks, which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message that contains a contaminated image.

“We haven’t seen anything that bad yet, but multiple individuals and groups are exploiting this vulnerability,” Mr Hypp√∂nen said. He said that every Windows system shipped since 1990 contained the flaw.

Sigh. I didn't get a Mac for Christmas either...

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